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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1993
It is a betrayal of their own stated purposes for the members of the Cousins Club of Orange County first to state in an April 26 letter to The Times that they are "especially sensitive" to any activities which threaten freedom, and then to throw unsubstantiated mud at the John Birch Society. The letter writers expressed "disillusionment and despair" over "alleged secret activities" of the Anti-Defamation League. Then without a shred of evidence, they immediately proceed to accuse our society of the tactics they rightly abhor.
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June 1, 2010 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Dixon Gayer thought the politics of 1960s Orange County cried out for a voice of moderation. So he invented one. Gayer was an admittedly liberal columnist writing in conservative Orange County when the ultraconservative John Birch Society was a political force in the region. He created the Webster Quimmley Society, named for a fictitious hero whose motto was "Sanity and Freedom," which gained Gayer a measure of national attention for his satirical response to his political opponents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1989 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
In outward appearance, the John Birch Society's West Coast office on Mission Street in San Marino isn't much different from the chiropractic clinic next door or the legal and financial offices down the street. Except, that is, for a large world map in the window that shows the battle lines in the Cold War.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2010 | By Howard Hampton
Along the stretch of U.S. highway where I live, there is a small sign announcing that the road has been "adopted" by the John Birch Society. This fringe group of yesteryear -- whose Dallas members distributed commie-baiting "Wanted for Treason" leaflets of President Kennedy prior to his visit and assassination there -- now sponsors litter removal like any other proper civic-minded organization. The Red-under-every-bed zealotry that Richard Hofstadter dissected in "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" and Bob Dylan satirized in "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" has been rehabilitated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1989 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
In outward appearance, the John Birch Society's West Coast office on Mission Street in San Marino isn't much different from the chiropractic clinic next door or the legal and financial offices down the street. Except, that is, for a large world map in the window that shows the battle lines in the Cold War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
John H. Rousselot, the conservative Republican who represented part of the San Gabriel Valley in Congress for 14 years, was an officer of the John Birch Society and who tried to buy Charles H. Keating Jr.'s failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Assn., died Sunday. He was 75. Rousselot, of Mission Viejo, died at Irvine Medical Center of congestive heart failure, said his son, Craig. He said his father had suffered a heart attack a year ago.
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March 16, 1989 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
In outward appearance, the John Birch Society's West Coast office on Mission Street isn't much different from the chiropractic clinic next door or the legal and financial offices down the street. Except, that is, for a large world map in the window that shows the battle lines in the Cold War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John H. Rousselot, the ex-California congressman who once was an official of the ultraconservative John Birch Society, said Friday he hopes to make a political comeback by running for Congress in northern Los Angeles County. Rousselot has worked as a Washington lobbyist and assistant to former President Ronald Reagan since Rousselot was voted out of office in 1982.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John H. Rousselot, the former California congressman who once was an official of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, said Friday that he hopes to make a political comeback by running for Congress in northern Los Angeles County. Since he lost a 1982 congressional reelection bid, Rousselot has worked as a Washington lobbyist and assistant to former President Ronald Reagan.
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June 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Gov. Evan Mecham says he will address the ultraconservative John Birch Society today in Seattle. Mecham said he would discuss his view of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution and would receive an honorarium as well as his expenses. Mecham, a conservative Republican who said he is not a John Birch member, would not disclose how much the group is paying him.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2010 | By James Oliphant
Energized by an increasingly favorable political environment, the nation's conservatives gathered here Thursday speaking optimistically of seizing control this year of Congress and, ultimately, the White House. But finding the fault lines beneath the message wasn't difficult. All one had to do was walk around the corner. As a crowd stood in a hotel ballroom to applaud former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a onetime presidential candidate who sounds like he is preparing for another run, a conservative Senate candidate in a neighboring room was talking about the enemy, and he didn't mean Democrats.
OPINION
May 19, 2007
Re "Santa Barbara's news mess," Opinion, May 13 The very rich seldom understand their limitations. Santa Barbara has its share of billionaires, but Wendy McCaw is in a league of her own. She assumed that, by buying the News-Press, she also owned the news. Yes, owners can run businesses as they see fit, but a newspaper is no ordinary business. McCaw destroyed an institution that added cohesiveness to the civic life of this small city. Sooner or later she will tire of this hassle, and her yacht, jet and lawsuits will be a distant memory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
John H. Rousselot, the conservative Republican who represented part of the San Gabriel Valley in Congress for 14 years, was an officer of the John Birch Society and who tried to buy Charles H. Keating Jr.'s failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Assn., died Sunday. He was 75. Rousselot, of Mission Viejo, died at Irvine Medical Center of congestive heart failure, said his son, Craig. He said his father had suffered a heart attack a year ago.
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December 18, 1999 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. and Panamanian officials insist that all the fuss is about a simple business deal to run two ports. Nevertheless, a small group of conservative lawmakers and former military leaders is warning that China has begun a silent invasion of the Americas. Foreseeing disasters that range from a Chinese takeover of the world's most important shortcut to an occupation of Panama by neighboring Colombia, the lawmakers are demanding that the U.S. abrogate the 1977 Panama Canal treaty. Under that pact, the U.S. will cede control of the waterway to Panama on Dec. 31. "I call the 31st of December 'doomsday,' " retired Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently told a news conference called at the Washington offices of the John Birch Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1999 | DANA PARSONS
With the possible exception of Bill Clinton, no one is happier to see an end to the Lewinsky scandal than the John Birch Society. Now, it can get on to the really serious business of impeaching President Clinton over his China policies. You remember the Birchers, who once had a stronghold in Orange County (including a congressman) but lost favor over the years as people tuned them out. I wonder why: This is the group whose rank-and-file chastised Richard Nixon for being soft on Communism.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1997
I'm not sure which is more absurd: William H. McIlhany's insistence on the John Birch Society's "anti-totalitarian and anti-racist" stance, or that The Times chose to print his ideological fantasy (Letters, Jan. 5). Any 10-year-old with a minimum of research can discover the society's actual record. McIlhany either lacks the most basic understanding of anti-totalitarianism and anti-racism or (worse) he has created his own definition. RALPH HERNANDEZ Corona
NEWS
November 27, 1988
Marian Welch, 88, editor of two publications for the ultraconservative John Birch Society, which was founded by her late husband. Mrs. Welch, who graduated from Wellesley College in 1922, was editor of the society's weekly newspapers, The New American and Review of the News. The society was founded in 1958 by 12 men, including her husband Robert Welch, and named after a young American missionary who was killed in China in 1954. The group has its headquarters in Belmont, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1997
I'm not sure which is more absurd: William H. McIlhany's insistence on the John Birch Society's "anti-totalitarian and anti-racist" stance, or that The Times chose to print his ideological fantasy (Letters, Jan. 5). Any 10-year-old with a minimum of research can discover the society's actual record. McIlhany either lacks the most basic understanding of anti-totalitarianism and anti-racism or (worse) he has created his own definition. RALPH HERNANDEZ Corona
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